David T. Harmon, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group, was recently quoted in an article entitled “New case shows you have to check your LinkedIn contacts after leaving a job,” by Monica Torres on the website Ladders, a media publication on the workforce.
The article discusses how a former employee of a global recruiting and staffing company was forced to remove thousands of her LinkedIn contacts because the company claimed the relationships didn’t belong to her, but the company. As the details of the employee’s employment contract or any confidentiality or non solicit agreement that may have been signed are unknown, one can only speculate whether she had the right to do so.
The article continues to offer advice to the reader to avoid such a situation. Harmon offers a key point, stating, “If there’s one message to give to people, it’s really a matter of going in with your eyes and ears open, knowing what the policies and procedures are, asking what they are, so there’s clarification at the outset and really understanding what the agreement says within the restrictions.”
Harmon focuses his practice on the areas of executive compensation, employment and business law. He represents senior-level employees of both public and private companies in the negotiation of their employment packages and all associated agreements, whether at the commencement of the employment relationship or at termination. Harmon’s successful negotiation of employment and severance packages for clients includes employment and post-employment compensation, confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation, and garden leave covenants, the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, change of control provisions, and benefits and protections within the structures and strategies for those packages. His representation also includes providing advice and counsel to employers in the negotiation of employment and severance packages with their employees, the design of human resources compliance programs, including employee policy manuals, and counseling and training concerning implementation of those policies. Harmon also provides neutral investigative services in employment matters. In 2012, he launched his blog Transitions in Employment, www.transitionsinemployment.com, which focuses on developments in executive compensation and employment law.
Harmon is a member of the Business Law and Labor & Employment Sections of the New York State and American Bar Associations, and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street Technology Association. He received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his B.A. from Tufts University.